An Attitude of Ingratitude: Why Trump Was Right to Respond to LaVar Ball

Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones – with ingratitude. – Benjamin Franklin

Which is your top priority in life, the welfare of your children or your politics? reports that

President Trump on Sunday responded to the father of one of the UCLA basketball players detained in China on shoplifting charges after the man snubbed the president’s successful effort to get the teammates released, saying, “I should have left them in jail.”

The president responded after LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of UCLA player LiAngelo Ball, downplayed Trump’s effort.

Trump said while on his recent trip to Asia, at the same time the players allegedly shoplifted in China during a basketball tournament, that he had spoken directly with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the matter.

“Who?” LaVar Ball later told ESPN. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

Trump tweeted Sunday: “Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!”

Later Sunday, Trump tweeted again, saying, “Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!” 

LiAngelo Ball, one of three UCLA players accused of shoplifting, thanked the president upon returning last week to the United States.

Freshmen Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday from Shanghai. They each thanked Trump during a press conference Wednesday about the incident.

The players were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations, before the 23rd-ranked UCLA Bruins beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai as part of the Pac-12 China game. The rest of the UCLA team returned home earlier.

Trump said Tuesday he had a long conversation about the three players’ status with his Chinese counterpart.

Ball’s outspoken father, LaVar, whose eldest son, Lonzo, plays on the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers team, was in China at the time of the incident. He spent some time promoting the family’s Big Baller Brand of athletic shoes.

The word “ungrateful” hardly covers LaVar Ball’s reaction to the President rescuing his son and two other UCLA Basketball Players from serving 4-10 years in a Chinese Jail.

Like many other self-proclaimed “Smartest People in the Room”, Ball has allowed his visceral hatred of the 45th President of the United States of America, along with his own oversized ego, to present a crystal-clear explanation to the world as to whom his son inherited his lack of a moral compass from.

Being a college basketball fan, and a graduate of a university with a storied basketball history, I have watched athletes arrive to a school with their head two sizes too big, jacked up by an entourage, or “posse”, and doting parents with dollar signs in their eyes.

Of course, this places the university and the basketball coach at a disadvantage from the get-go, because a loud mouth such as Ball will never let them properly discipline their future ticket to millions of dollars.

It will be interesting to see what Ball has to say about any discipline which may be measured out to his “pride and joy” by UCLA.

President Trump’s response to this blowhard was spot on.

It is past time to stop ignoring boorish behavior by the American Left.

It is time to call them out on it.

And, Trump’s ability to do that is one of the things which average Americans appreciated about him, leading to his victory in the 2016 Presidential Election.

On another point, I have a question:

What did this fool think that he was accomplishing by showboating and being an ingrate?

If he wanted attention, he certainly got it.

It may have built up his “street cred”, however, it did cast aspersions on his sanity and raised the possibility of a double-digit I.Q.

Has the hatred of American Liberals so corrupted them, that they cannot even thank a United States President for saving their child from being locked away for years in a foreign prison?

At least his son said “thank you” to President Ttump.

Although, the University probably made him so it.

Until He Comes,



Written by kingsjester

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